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Chicken and Rat control

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Oregonhunter5, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    So my wife wanted chickens forever. So I give in and we have 9 and 3 ducks. But the Rats came in fast and furious. I have been baiting them, and catching them in live trap, then drowning them. The bait takes a long time to work, if much at all, and the live trap takes lots of work with above average affects. I have kids and a dog, but its in a safer place. The rats are Nader the barn, then they come eat the chicken food. Pisses me off. Any ideas how to get the upper hand? Cats are out! Love them, but road kills them all.
     
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    I like that.
    I'm thinking also something more horrific, and brutal.
    Like Vietnam, and napalm.
     
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget punji sticks on the bottom of the bucket.. some rats are about two feet long.
    Heh, that was weird your post wasn't there when I did mine but then again, I was dicking around tying to find a pic of a laser chicken.
    death to all rats!
     
  5. pakrat57

    pakrat57 Reedsport Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  6. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    With a name like pakrat, I wold expect more kill ideas on rats! Lol!
     
  7. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Use Mento's for bait and cola in the bottom of the bucket.
     
  8. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    That's a new one, what will that do........?
     
  9. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    when you kill all the rats the coons will come... Chicken is a tough place to be in the food chain
     
  10. clambo

    clambo Vancouver, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Arm your family with. 22 autos and flashlights. Make it a game, family game night if you will. Go to barn, turn on flahlights, blast rats for 10 seconds until rats break contact and retreat. Go back to house, make popcorn, watch tv with the family for an hour. Go back to barn for another rat raid......repeat as necessary. Dont worry about the enemy dead, the rats will drag their dead and wounded on their own. You will never get them all but you can keep their numbers manageable AND bond with the family at the same time. Talk about your win/win family values! Least thats what my family did. :)
     
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  11. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Stop feeding the rats. Their population will decrease when not fed.
    Control how much food you give to the chickens.
    There should be only enough presented daily, that they are cleaning up every scrap and crumb, leaving nothing for the vermin.
     
  12. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Our biggest problem raising chickens was weasels and skunks getting the eggs.
     
  13. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    Great time for target practice with the pellet rifle. Might as will get some trigger time in and have some fun practicing your hunting skills.
     
  14. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Those T-Rex rat traps work good.. they generally won't get birds as you can zip-tie them sideways on a fencepost etc. and or upside down on a pipe/limb etc.
    Safe and easy for even a kid to set.

    508_trapper_t_rex.png
     
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  15. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    True! My wife built a feeder out of 4 inch PVC. Stands up 5 feet and has a outlet in the bottom for the chickens to eat from. On the other hand, feeding by hand everyday takes time away from all the other stuff needing done. I'm thinking a better coop next time. This one is sweet! But, just more protection next time.
     
  16. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Savage FV-SR
    Liberty Kodiak TL suppressor
    ATN Aries 350 night vision scope
    CCI segmented sub-sonic ammo

    You might not eliminate the rats, but you will have a lot of
    fun trying.;)
     
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    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Be sure to anchor your traps with wire so a wounded rat can't drag it away. I've seen them do it!
     
  18. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I haven't tried this yet, but here goes. Planning to place a regular red lightbulb near the bird feeders so I can see the nasty rodents. Then setting up a convient place to shoot from using my lighted reticle scope on my pellet rifle.I often shoot them in daylight but repeat shots are rare!
     
  19. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Do you think I can ever keep up with there breeding, by catching them in the live trap every night? We've caught 7 in the last 7 nights.
     
  20. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The only way to reduce your rat population is to starve them out. Stop feeding them, and they will go away.